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John Travolta and Robert De Niro to Star in Killing Season

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Update! : Clint here. If the plot of the film sounds familiar, it should; this is the film previously known as “Shrapnel” which Travolta and Nicolas Cage were eyeing as their much-hankered for “Face/Off” reunion, and John McTiernan were eyeing as a directing vehicle. The script at the time was set in the ’70s, but Avi Lerner’s crew have tweaked it so that it now takes place in the modern-day. I’m guessing the film’s going to be a much different one now that Millennium Films (“Trespass”, “The Expendables”, “88 Minutes”) have gotten involved. I’ll leave it at that.

Millennium Films and Corsan Pictures will begin production January 16 on “Killing Season,” starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta. Mark Steven Johnson (“Ghost Rider,” “Daredevil”) will direct from a script by Evan Daugherty (“Snow White and the Huntsman”).“Killing Season” is an action movie set in the Appalachian Mountains about an American military veteran (De Niro) who has retreated to a remote cabin in the woods. When a rare visitor, a European tourist (Travolta), appears on the scene, the two men strike up an unlikely friendship. But in fact the visitor is a former Serbian soldier bent on revenge. What follows is a tense, action packed battle across some of America’s most forbidding landscape that proves the old adage: the purest form of war is one-on-one.

Nu Image/Millennium is taking the lead on international sales at the American Film Market this week, in consultation with Corsan.“I’ve loved this project from the moment I read Evan Daughterty’s remarkable script,” said Corsan CEO Paul Breuls. “It’s thrilling, imaginative, unexpected and dominated by two extraordinary characters on a collision course. I’m very pleased this film is moving into production and to be partnered with Avi Lerner and his team at Millennium.”

“We’re excited to be co-financing and co-producing this film with Corsan, and to be working again with Robert De Niro and John Travolta,” said Nu Image/Millennium topper Avi Lerner. “We’ve never seen these two great actors on screen together before, and we’re excited to see what comes of the combination.”

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